The Simpsons Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 30, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

However, with the initial period for you to complete the stages set very low, it hinders the search everything out aspect included. There are character specific items that you can find in each level, including Duff Beer bottle caps for Homer, Krusty Burger coupons for Bart, and coupons for Marge. Collecting all of these awards you with trophies at the end of each stage. There are also various other items you can find in the levels. My personal favorite is Comic Book Guy awarding you the title of Video Game Guy when you encounter or search out the cliché of video games, like No Swimming, Double Jumping, Invisible Barrier, and the wooden crate, "as seen in everything." With 31 videogame clichés to find, you'll be surprised with how much the industry reuses things over and over. Also, be on the lookout for mentions of Xbox 720, PlayStation 4, and parodies of some of our favorite characters.

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Despite all of the great things The Simpsons Game does, it does have a few faults that need to be mentioned. The camera is probably the most annoying. Sometimes you have the ability to rotate the camera around to judge your situation, and then other times the camera is locked and then it is reliant on your best guess for how to move forward. Another issue with the camera is the spots where it will jerk back and forth behind objects refusing you the ability to see around certain things. This may be a small thing and easy to get used to, but it was still a huge annoyance. However, my biggest complaint involves the co-op gameplay. First off, there's no reason for this game to have a split screen. The split not only hinders the graphic appeal of the game, but it also narrows the total experience you have in the single player mode. The other reason the co-op doesn't work is because of the level designs. Some are specific for the characters, which means while one player is busy figuring out the puzzles of the level, the other player will either have nothing to do or square off against countless bad guys. It doesn't really work for a good two-player experience.

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Simply put, this is the Simpsons Game fans have been waiting for. Even with its faults, I would dare say that no one will complain too much, mainly due to being doubled over from laughing so much. If you need an enjoyable game to pop in that makes you laugh to a degree worthy of the longest running animated television show in history, then this is for you. You'll be playing for hours exploring the world of Springfield and then, after a quick break, you'll want to dive right back in.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

Features:

  • Play as Your Favorite Characters - Battle enemies and save Springfield while playing as your favorite dysfunctional TV family; Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and even Maggie Simpson.
  • The Real Simpsons - With the actual voice actors from the TV show and movie reprising their roles, characters from The Simpsons Game sound exactly as they should.
  • Unique Character Abilities - While The Simpsons family have general abilities that can be used to fight opponents, interact with environments, and finish puzzles, each one has been imbued with special abilities that are unique to their personalities. These abilities grow and change as they progress through the story to battle tougher and tougher enemies in their quest to save Springfield!
  • Looks Like The Simpsons - Using innovative 3D into 2D technology, the developers have been able to recreate Springfield and the entire cast of The Simpsons as the most visually authentic Simpsons game to date.
  • Featuring Favorite and Original Springfieldeans! - The Simpsons Game features over 100 of your favorite Simpsons characters from the show along with 50+ new characters that were inspired by the fiction.
  • An Original Episodic Adventure - The Simpsons Game features a 100% original script from the writers of the show with 4 distinct acts divided into 16 episodes and over 8,000 lines of dialogue.
  • Springfield Hub - The open-world Springfield was designed as a central locale to jump into episodes with iconic locations to visit, characters to be visited and interact with, and hundreds of collectibles to be found.
  • Co-op Play - With two members of The Simpsons family involved in each episode, all episodes can be played cooperatively in addition to being played in single-player mode. Play by yourself and switch between characters to solve the various puzzles or have a friend come over, pick up a controller, and drop-in drop-out of any episode they choose.
  • Collectibles - Roam throughout the episodes and Springfield itself to discover custom video game clichés and unique collectibles for each member of The Simpsons family. Collectibles lead to trophies that increase your family's powers, and can be viewed in your trophy rooms back at home on Evergreen Terrace.
  • Time Challenges - Every episode can be replayed, and each unlocks a unique Time Challenge. Use the skills you've learned throughout the game to beat target times over 16 individual Time Challenges.
  • Enjoy more than 6,000 lines of dialogue and 16 chapters of hilarity.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Captured the animation style of the show beautifully. This one looks like you are watching one of the shows.
    3.0
    Control
    Loose and non responsive at times, sometimes you'll think you hit when there's no connection. The camera controls also slap you in the face more often than not.
    3.8
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Having the voice of the Simpsons is great, but sometimes the repeated dialogue gets annoying.
    3.6
    Play Value
    The eclectic "spoofs" done in the game will have you repeating the levels for more than the various plethora of collectibles.
    3.8
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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